Peter Ho Davies won the prestigious John Llewellen Rhys prize in 1999 for THE UGLIEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD. It is offered to the most promising literary work of any kind published for the first time during the current year.
A debut collection of short fictions, ingenious, moving, and exasperating in turn. At his best, as in the title story about the way in which a child's death polarizes a Welsh village, Davies exhibits a sharp, unblinking, persuasive view of human nature, as well as a deft hand at plotting: The deceptively quiet tale, somewhat distanced in its effect by the rather prissy voice of the narrator, builds to a moving climax and a haunting final image. Read full book review >